A cross-party delegation of the Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, which included Senator Jim D’Arcy, met with Dr Richard Haass to discuss his work on consensus among Northern Ireland parties on parades, flags and emblems and the past.
Dr Haass, a former U.S. Special Envoy for Northern Ireland, is the independent chair of the panel of parties established by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Noprthern Ireland and is hoping to achive progress on these issues by the end of the year.
“It is important that politics is seen to be working in the North because naturee abhors a vacuum,” Senator D’Arcy said. “I asked him in particular if he would be making proposals at the end of the talks and he said he would. He joked that he was not a patient man like George Mitchell and would be endeavouring to push things along. I also reminded him that Bill Clinton visited Dundalk on 12 December 2000 and stated that peace and prosperity went together.”
Senator D’Arcy told Dr Haass that he believed an economic package was vital as part of any solution to the impasse and he looked forward to his proposals which will come in December or early January.